Tabor rolls past Threshers to conclude regular season

The Tabor College basketball teams concluded the regular season on a high note with a sweep at Bethel Saturday. The women improved to 19-1 in KCAC play, 23-7 overall. The men capped their perfect, KCAC season with a win to finish 20-0, 27-3.Kaleigh Troxell looks to set up a play during the second half at Bethel Saturday. Troxell led the Bluejays with 12 points in Tabor?s 77-60 win.

Women?Tabor rolled to a 77-60 victory over Bethel, Saturday.

The first quarter was a back-and-forth battle. Bethel led by two a few times and Tabor?s biggest lead was 15-12, thanks to a 5-0 Bluejay run near the end of the period. Bethel scored the quarter?s final basket to draw within 15-14 at the first break.

Tabor began to pick up speed in the second quarter, outscoring Bethel, 11-3 in the first five minutes. Amber Bonham contributed five points to the run. The teams traded three- and two-point baskets before Tabor ended the half on a 7-0 run to lead, 38-25, at halftime.

The teams traded scores to start the third quarter, but Tabor ended it with an 11-3 burst in the final four minutes. Morgan Ediger scored five points during that stretch. Tabor led, 58-37, at the final break.

The Bluejays stretched their lead to as many as 73-40 midway through the final quarter, and coach Shawn Reed began to clear his bench. Bethel trimmed the final margin to 17.

Four Bluejays scored in double figures, led by Kaleigh Troxell with 12 points, Ediger 11, and Taylor Hurd and Bonham with 10 apiece. Lance Carter scores to give Tabor a 77-60 lead over Bethel Saturday. Carter led all scorers with 25 points in Tabor?s 96-78 win.

Men?Tabor capped a perfect, 20-0 KCAC regular season with a 96-78 victory over Bethel Saturday.

The Bluejays built a 12-4 lead in the game?s first five minutes, capped by an alley-oop dunk by D?Marco Smith from Lance Carter.

Bethel tied the game at 12, and the teams more or less traded scores. Following a 23-23 tie, Davaghndre Jones scored to ignite a 7-0 run. But Bethel outscored Tabor, 13-2 after that to take a 36-32 lead with 4:15 left in the first half.

Carter scored nine of Tabor?s final 11 points in the half, including two three-pointers in the final 2:06 to help push Tabor back in front at halftime, 46-42.

The Threshers opened the second half with a three-pointer, then Tabor scored nine unanswered points, capped by a Jonathan Gibson dunk for a 10-point, 55-45 score.

The Bluejays were red-hot from beyond the arc in the second half, making eight of 10 attempts (80 percent). Malik Brooks made Tabor?s first two three-pointers of the half in the first 5:02. D?Marco Smith got in on the action with a trey at the 14:10 mark, then Brooks made his third three of the period with 12:37 to play. Smith added another trey 23 seconds later, giving Tabor a 67-56 advantage.

The Bluejays enjoyed their largest lead of the night, 88-65, after John Jedneak scored with 5:28 to play. Bethel trimmed the margin to 90-75. Smith and Jordan Horstick each drained a three-pointer in the final 2:07, giving Tabor an 18-point edge at the final buzzer.

Carter led all scorers with 25 points, including 17 scored in the first half. He had 10 assists and eight rebounds. Brooks scored 18 points, Smith 17 and Jedneak 10.

Coming?Both Tabor teams won the KCAC regular season title and have earned No. 1 seeds in next week?s KCAC tournament.

The women (19-1, 23-7) will host No. 8 Kansas Wesleyan (8-12, 17-13) Wednesday at 7 p.m. With a win, Tabor would face either No. 4 Southwestern (11-9, 13-17) or No. 5 McPherson (10-10, 13-17) Saturday at 2 p.m. The other half of the bracket features No. 6 Ottawa (9-11, 10-17) at No. 3 Oklahoma Wesleyan (11-9, 17-13) and No. 7 Sterling (9-11, 11-18) at No. 2 Friends (15-5, 21-9).

The championship will be played at Hartman Arena Monday, Feb. 29 at 6 p.m.

The men (20-0, 27-3) will host No. 8 Bethel (9-11, 11-19) in a rematch Thursday at 7 p.m. With a win, Tabor would face either No. 4 Ottawa (10-10, 14-14) or No. 5 Friends (9-11, 11-16) Saturday at 7 p.m. The other half of the bracket features No. 6 Bethany (9-11, 12-17) at No. 3 Saint Mary (11-9, 16-12) and No. 7 Oklahoma Wesleyan (9-11, 14-150 at Southwestern (15-5, 24-6).

The championship will be played at Hartman Arena Monday, Feb. 29 at 8 p.m.

As winners of regular-season titles, both Tabor teams have already punched their tickets to their respective NAIA Division II National Championships.

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